I am working with a child who no longer wants to learn. He has had good teachers but for some reason, he has given up on school. He had a math text that he thought had too many problems so it did not get done. He refused to do even one problem because he was overwhelmed by the big test. I gave him an F and dismissed the school day. When I went to write the next math lesson, the test was gone.
Instead of accusing him of trashing the test, I told him I was sorry but I had some really strong and hungry mice. They had done a terrible thing. The mice had eaten his math test. He smiled and told me that he had taken the test out and hid it. When I asked, he volunteered that his friend came over and he was embarrassed so he hid the test. He told me where it was and that day he could get the test done. I was so glad I had not told him I thought he just trashed the test.